Today is Day Two of my Unity Stamp Company Growing in Unity week of posts.
Today I have a shaker card to share. I'll even give you a few of my quick hacks for assembling the shaker portion of a card.
I know I shouldn't have a favorite stamp. It's kind of like being asked which child is your favorite. They are all amazing and lovely in their own way, so it's impossible to choose one, right?
Well, for the most part yes. But I do have a favorite Unity Stamp Company Itty Bitty stamp. And I used it today to create my project.
I adore mouse stamps. I don't love real mice, but I love mouse images. And today I'm using the sweetest little mouse image ever. Meet Alfie:
Isn't he the cutest??
Today I stamped him onto Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover paper using Memento ink and my Original MISTI.
I then began to prep the front of my shaker card.
When I make a shaker card front, I prefer to trim the panels AFTER I've die cut the window. I think that gives me more flexibility and less room for error.
(FYI: I had planned to have used an embossing folder here to add a bit of texture to my purple card front but I completely forgot until after I'd adhered my pieces... oops!)
I added a piece of clear window plastic with liquid glue to the back of my card stock and set it aside to dry.
Next I used the same die to cut two pieces of purple self-adhesive craft "fun foam". I like to use fun foam rather than foam tape because it's inexpensive, and forms a very sturdy shaker. Since this foam is rather thin, I'm going to use a double layer to give enough depth so the sequins don't get stuck, and can "shake" easily. Like previously, I die cut from larger-than-needed pieces, so I could trim them to size AFTER I had lined them up and adhered them together. I adhered the non-adhesive sides together using Scor-tape, leaving the adhesive sides ready to peel and stick to the card base and the card front panel.
I use a liberal amount of Scor-tape to adhere them together. I completely surround the opening with tape to keep any sequins from slipping in between the layers.
Since the die cut openings of the fun foam and the opening on the card front are exactly the same size, I want to line them up perfectly.
Here's my hack for making lining them up easier:
I use my piercing mat and straight pins. First I pin one piece down at the corners so it lies flat and won't move as I get close with the second layer. Then I added a few pins, vertically straight up and down
at certain points on the inside of the opening. These pins allow me to lower the top layer down onto the adhesive by sliding along the pins to assure perfect alignment.
Now I can trim the layered fun foam to fit just 1/8" inside the front panel and adhere.
Now it's time to go back to Alfie and color him. I am using Copic Markers today.
(I used BG10 for the background.)
I darkened the eyes using a Copic Multi liner pen, then added white dot highlights with a white gel pen.
I then added just a small pile of sequins, and removed the adhesive from the back of the fun foam and gently lowered the assemble shaker frame over the top, carefully lining it up.
I didn't want to add too many sequins, or they would cover Alfie when the card stands.
I used to piece of Duralar to create a cheat sheet for lining up my sentiment onto my banner. I stamped onto the clear plastic, then moved the banner into place beneath it, positioning it in the perfect location and securing it with a bar magnet. I then removed the plastic sheet and stamped in Versafine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
Then I adhered it to my assembled shaker with liquid glue, wrapping the remainder around and behind the shaker. All that was left was to adhere it to my top fold A2 card base!
I hope you find a few of these shaker hacks useful when you make your next shaker card.
Drop me a comment here. If you do, you will be entered to win one of two prize packs of 25 random Unity Stamps donated by Unity Stamp Company to celebrate my GIU week. Winners will be chosen from all comments left during the week, and will be posted on the Unity Stamp Company Show and Tell Facebook page as well as on this blog in the next weeks.
Thanks for stopping in today! Come on back tomorrow for Day Three!
Enjoy your day!